Training for Life http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez Teaching my mind and body to do new and fun things together. en All rights reserved Weight loss extrapounds v2 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 1440 http://www.extrapounds.com/images/avatars/users/blondeez.gif Avatar http://www.extrapounds.com/ 100 100 Teaching my mind and body to do new and fun things together. And another year later... http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/517547/and-another-year-later <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3>Here I am.&nbsp; I'm deeply ambivalent about dieting, but need a place to work on my relationship to my body, which for the last 10 months or so has been not so great.&nbsp; I haven't gained much since I lost the baby weight, but I haven't lost any to be sure.&nbsp; I am unhappy with how I look, not because I'm fat but because it's clear I am taking the easy way out, functioning from sugar high to sugar high and not giving my body what it needs to really thrive.&nbsp; Also talking about my body in the third person, as if I am not the stretch-marked belly and strong but also heavy arms and legs that I see when I look in the mirror.</FONT></DIV> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3>So I'm going to start posting again, and hope that some of my old friends are back, and hope to make some new friends.&nbsp; I will probably be pretty anti-diet and anti-weight loss-for-its-own-sake, just to warn you.&nbsp; I am in favor of making positive changes to food and exercise that result in changes in body composition, yes, but also changes in how it feels to inhabit my body.&nbsp; I want more energy, more ability, more joy from my physical existence.</FONT></DIV> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3>To that end, I have started a diet--yes, I just said I'm anti-diet, I'm hypocritical and still figuring out what I want--based on the book <U>Ultrametabolism</U>.&nbsp; My ExP friend </FONT><A href="http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/ashleyb"><FONT size=3>Ashley</FONT></A><FONT size=3>&nbsp;did it with great success before she had her little girl, what seems like ages ago.&nbsp; </FONT></DIV> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3>The first four weeks of the plan is an elimination/detox phase.&nbsp; This was appealing to me because it's possible that some health stuff (sinus problems, headaches) is food-related so it'll be a big bonus if I can figure out what's causing it.&nbsp; It's also appealing because my main vice is refined sugar, and I'll learn to live without it.&nbsp; Not that I'm never eating sugar again, but proving to myself that I can is an interesting challenge.&nbsp; The detox phase is cooking-intensive and restrictive, and I spent a fortune at 3 different health food stores for the groceries&nbsp;for week one,&nbsp;but so far it tastes good and I feel pretty good.&nbsp; I'm not limiting calories.&nbsp; I plan on reintroducing almost everything I've cut out, so long as it doesn't make me feel rotten.&nbsp; I also plan, though, on eating refined, packaged foods less often long-term.&nbsp; Diet or not, it's just a good idea if you can swing it.&nbsp; </FONT></DIV> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3>Other stuff new people might want to know without going back through my long-neglected blog:</FONT></DIV> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV> <BLOCKQUOTE style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px" dir=ltr> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"> <UL> <LI> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3>I work "part time" but that means 40+ hours per week in my field</FONT></DIV></LI> <LI> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3>I'm a lawyer on the perpetual hunt for a job--I like being a litigator but know I'm not interested in doing what it takes to be a partner in my current firm so need a new direction</FONT></DIV></LI> <LI> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3>I do triathlons--mostly sprint tris (the short distance) but I'd like to do more</FONT></DIV></LI> <LI> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3>I have a toddler whose care and feeding takes up most of my non-working time</FONT></DIV></LI> <LI> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3>I have a husband who stays home with the toddler part time and is a writer/artist/homemaker</FONT></DIV></LI> <LI> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3>I like yoga but haven't done it in a while</FONT></DIV></LI> <LI> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3>I make lists like it's my job</FONT></DIV></LI></UL></DIV></BLOCKQUOTE> <P style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"><FONT size=3>With that, another list: Even when I don't have anything deep to say, I'll try to post something about what I'm doing and eating.</FONT></P> <BLOCKQUOTE> <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"> <LI><FONT size=3>Breakfast: banana and 1/2 cup almonds</FONT></LI></DIV> <LI><FONT size=3>Exercise: swimming was canceled because I overslept and then got an urgent work call <IMG src="/thm/images/mooeditable/msn/cry_smile.gif"></FONT></LI> <LI><FONT size=3>Snack: quinoa made with soy milk and peaches</FONT></LI> <LI><FONT size=3>Lunch: white bean salad over spring mix</FONT></LI> <LI><FONT size=3>Snack: daikon and celery sticks with artichoke dip (not the creamy kind, but it smells good)</FONT></LI> <LI><FONT size=3>Dinner: salmon with rosemary, sweet potatoes, and lemon asparagus</FONT></LI></BLOCKQUOTE> <P><FONT size=3>I've never had daikon before, so that will be interesting.&nbsp; As a kid, even into young adulthood, I wouldn't eat most anything that anyone would call a vegetable, so the fact that many of my meals are entirely plant-based this month is mind-boggling.&nbsp; Luckily, so far they mostly taste as good or better than what I ate before.&nbsp; Except breakfast.&nbsp; I miss dairy and sugar in the mornings.</FONT></P> <DIV><FONT size=3></FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3></FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3></FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3></FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3></FONT></DIV></DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3></FONT></DIV></DIV> <DIV><FONT size=3></FONT></DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV></DIV> <DIV></DIV></DIV> <a href="http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/517547/and-another-year-later">Comments(0)</a> 517547 Wednesday, December 8, 2010 23:04:23 Buenos dias, Extrapounds http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/476418/buenos-dias-extrapounds So, a lot happened since last summer. &nbsp;For one thing, I did a half-iron distance Aquabike in August 2009. &nbsp;For another, I had a baby in April! &nbsp;Now that she is 3 months old I am thinking that eating more veggies and getting out of the mindset of "I'm breastfeeding, I can eat whatever I want" is necessary, if only for the sake of my knees/hips/other weight-bearing joints. &nbsp;<div style="margin-top: 5px"><div></div></div><div><br></div><div>I'm back to triathlon training, even going to team workouts since I'm on maternity leave and don't have to worry about getting there in time from work. &nbsp;I've done a few splash &amp; dashes but no actual tris this summer because I'm just now contemplating getting on my bike--TMI for sure but other women who have given birth will understand that I wasn't so sure about sitting on anything hard and narrow for any length of time until now. &nbsp;Plus my feet grew a little and necessitated new bike shoes. &nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>I don't know how much I'll keep this up but I noticed a few other friends posting so wanted to put up a quick update for them. :)</div> <a href="http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/476418/buenos-dias-extrapounds">Comments(0)</a> 476418 Sunday, December 6, 2009 22:05:17 Why, chocolate, why? http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/416786/why-chocolate-why <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"> <DIV>I'm having trouble laying off the sweets.&nbsp; I was a slug on Monday and Tuesday, and lazy about eating, which showed.&nbsp; I think those two are related. I also think they can be blamed on ToM.</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>BUT I got my new training schedule from my coach so I'm headed home at a decent hour tonight to do a&nbsp;hilly 70 minutes on the bike and then make dinner with DH.&nbsp; I will not feel guilty about the ice cream and chocolate, I will just plan and execute better for the rest of the week.&nbsp; This morning I was feeling blah about everything, but I reminded myself that two bad days in a whole month won't kill my training or my waistline.</DIV> <DIV><STRONG></STRONG>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><STRONG>Monday 6/8 </STRONG>(rest/stretch)<BR>B: double fiber english muffin w/ whipped cream cheese and pumpkin butter, Superfood<BR>L:&nbsp;chicken salad (chicken, avocado, mango, onion), grilled asparagus, wild &amp; brown rice pilaf w. celery, almonds, and dried cranberries, 1 cookie<BR>S:&nbsp;nectarine, chocolate coververed almonds<BR>D: 2 hard-boiled eggs, phish food<BR><BR><STRONG>Tuesday 6/9 </STRONG>(probably should have done something but didn't have training plan yet)<BR>B: steel cut oatmeal<BR>L: small strawberry and green salad w/ champagne vinaigrette, roasted chicken breast over quinoa, zucchini<BR>S: chocolate covered almonds<BR>D: cucumber soup, steamed artichoke<BR></DIV></DIV> <a href="http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/416786/why-chocolate-why">Comments(2)</a> 416786 Friday, December 5, 2008 23:01:01 Race Report! http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/416372/race-report I got up at 5 this morning and drove down to Quarry Lakes in Fremont so that I could do the Mermaid Sprint Triathlon.&nbsp; This is the same race that I did for my first triathlon last year, so it was exciting to see what has changed since then!<br><br>My times:<br><span class="fbod quote">1/4 mile Swim: 10:04 (last year 13:38) <br> 11 mile Bike: 36:38 (41:07) <br> 2.5 mile Run: 34:34 (38:31) <br> Total: 1:27:55 (1:39:03) <br><br>More than 11 minutes faster!&nbsp; That makes me really excited, anyway.&nbsp; <br><br>I got a pretty good kick to the chest at the beginning of the swim.&nbsp; I don't care if people want to breaststroke as long as they stay to the sides/back of the pack, but swimming in a huge tangle is difficult enough when it's freestyle and there are no explosive kicks involved!&nbsp; I managed not to suck up any water, though, so it was more of an annoyance than anything.&nbsp; <br><br>The bike was awesome.&nbsp; I maintained 16.4 mph the whole time, which is not amazing considering it's a relatively flat course, but there are a lot of turns and one overpass that isn't so bad until you realize that it's a looped course and you have to cross it 3 times in each direction! <img src="/thm/images/mooeditable/msn/omg_smile.gif"><br><br>The run... always the run is difficult.&nbsp; At this point, it has to be psychological.&nbsp; I know I can run 2.5 miles in 30 minutes.&nbsp; I do it all the time.&nbsp; But I walked a little, which slowed me down considerably.&nbsp; <br><br>But it didn't slow me down too much!&nbsp; Much to my own shock and amazement, I placed 3rd among the Athena group 29 and younger (Athenas are women over 150 lbs--you can opt into this group instead of the regular age groups, which are in increments of 5 years.&nbsp; Athena isn't necessarily less competitive, but it's usually a smaller field).&nbsp; <br><br>I really had a great day, and now I'm going to do a bunch of cooking and some laundry so I'm ready for the week ahead...<br><br></span><b>Yesterday's log:<br></b><span style="font-style: italic;">Breakfast</span>: 2 eggs, 2 veggie sausage links, double-fiber wheat english muffin with butter<br><span style="font-style: italic;">Lunch</span>: turkey meatballs with chow mein noodles and veggies (1/2 serving)<br> <span style="font-style: italic;">Snacks</span> @ packet pickup: 100 cal. Pringles, hummus and baby carrots, yogurt, grapes<br><span style="font-style: italic;">Dinner</span>: banana, steamed artichoke w/ lemon butter (light on the butter), baked sweet potato fries, broiled tilapia<br><span style="font-style: italic;">Exercise:&nbsp; </span>20 min spin on bike<br><div style="margin-top: 5px;"><div></div></div> <a href="http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/416372/race-report">Comments(1)</a> 416372 Saturday, December 6, 2008 00:08:02 Quick check-in http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/416230/quick-check-in I'm helping with packet pick-up so I'm getting my Saturday lazyness in this morning.&nbsp; I had a lot of fun at the party last night but this morning am feeling like less alcohol would have been good.&nbsp; I alternated with water and had less than 1 drink an hour--I was there from 5 till almost 11.&nbsp; Idunno, not worth feeling guilty about it.<br><br>I'm looking at a lease for a new place, closer to work!&nbsp; I am not really ready to move, but is anyone really ready, ever?&nbsp; I need to be closer to work, and we need to have lower rent, so it's time.&nbsp; It's a great place, plenty of room and wood floors, which I love.&nbsp; I know, more sweeping of cat hair, but whatevs dude.&nbsp; I love them.<br><b><br>Yesterday's log:<br></b><span style="font-style: italic;">Breakfast</span>: steel cut oatmeal, Superfood, banana<br><span style="font-style: italic;">Lunch</span>: 2 fried eggs, 3 cups salad greens with 1/2 cup salsa and 1/2 avocado, nectarine<br><span style="font-style: italic;">Snack</span>: 1 brownie bite<br> <span style="font-style: italic;">Workout: </span>Swim/Run was: pretty good.&nbsp; Felt strong on the swim.<br> <span style="font-style: italic;">Snack</span>: grapes, yogurt<br><span style="font-style: italic;">Dinner</span>: 3 hard ciders, 1.5 beers, 1/2 chicken quesadilla with guacamole, peanuts<div style="margin-top: 5px;"><div></div></div> <a href="http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/416230/quick-check-in">Comments(0)</a> 416230 Saturday, December 6, 2008 00:06:19 It's a taper week http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/416105/its-a-taper-week <div style="margin-top: 5px;"><div style="margin-top: 5px;">This Sunday I'll be racing in the <a href="http://mermaidtriathlon.com/09/index.html"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Mermaid Triathlon</span></a> at Quarry Lakes in Fremont--the same race in which I did my first triathlon about a year ago.&nbsp; This year I'm much better trained and prepared, so my goal is to beat all three times from last year and run the entire run portion.&nbsp; It's a fast, flat course and much shorter than the race I did last month so it should be a fun day for me.<br><br>Since it's the week before a race, I get to do what's called a taper, where I decrease my exercise gradually so by the time Sunday morning rolls around I'm just bursting with energy and want to go!&nbsp; I had three rest days on schedule this week, which is unheard of--usually I have one rest/stretching day--and three swim/run bricks.&nbsp; Running is still my least favorite part of triathlon, but I'm getting better at it.&nbsp; It helps that Coach is a runner and keeps giving me more run workouts so I get more comfortable, no matter how much I whine.<br><br>Yesterday was one of my rest/stretch days, so here's my log for the day:<br><br><div><span style="font-style: italic;">Breakfast:</span> double-fiber wheat english muffin with 1 tbsp. natural peanut butter, banana<br><span style="font-style: italic;">Snack:</span> 4 oz. yogurt, hot cocoa<br><span style="font-style: italic;">Lunch:&nbsp;</span> 1 cup chilled cucumber soup; 2 cups salad greens with light caesar dressing; 1/2 avocado and 2 slices pepper jack cheese on whole wheat</div> <div><span style="font-style: italic;">Snack:</span> ~1 cup cherries</div> <div><span style="font-style: italic;">Dinner:</span> 12 pcs spicy tuna roll (w/ cucumber &amp; avocado), 4 oz. edamame in shell</div> <div><span style="font-style: italic;">Workout:</span> 30 min easy on elliptical, 20 min stretching</div> <span style="font-style: italic;">Dessert:</span>&nbsp;10 chocolate covered almonds<br><br>Today I've got my last brick of the week--an easy 1200 yards in the pool (that should take me about 30 min) and then a 25 min run with 6 sprint intervals (20 second sprints followed by 2 min recovery).&nbsp; I have a meeting for work even though it's my day off, but it shouldn't take long and then I'm meeting my friend M to do the workout together before we go to a farewell party I'm hosting for another friend who is leaving the firm.&nbsp; M isn't a triathlete (yet!) but she and I trained for and ran a 10k together in the spring, and she's thinking about signing up for a marathon for the end of summer.&nbsp; She used to be my closest friend at work, but she quit about a year ago so now we are running buddies--just as good for me and better for her sanity.&nbsp; <br><br>I weighed myself this morning--182.3&nbsp; That means I'm not allowed to weigh myself again until July 3.&nbsp; Hold me to it, okay?<br><br><br><div style="margin-top: 5px;"><div></div></div><div></div></div><div></div></div> <a href="http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/416105/its-a-taper-week">Comments(1)</a> 416105 Saturday, December 6, 2008 00:05:18 Coming back for a minute http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/415965/coming-back-for-a-minute <DIV style="MARGIN-TOP: 5px"> <DIV>I weigh more than I ever have--something over 180--but I feel better than I have in a long time.&nbsp; What's the difference?</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>I stopped worrying about gaining weight.&nbsp; Not to say I've managed to be perfectly happy about my size right now, but being unhappy and going on bouts of dieting/binging was not helping anything.&nbsp; So I'm not weighing or measuring or saying anything is off-limits anymore.</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>I went part-time at my job.&nbsp; I know that's a huge luxury, and I don't know how long I'll be able to do it, but it's saving my sanity.&nbsp; </DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>I signed up for at least one race every month through September.&nbsp; Racing gives me something to train for, something to look forward to, and a sense of accomplishment.&nbsp; Look what my body can do!</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>I hired a coach for triathlon training.&nbsp; Again, I'm lucky to be able to do this.&nbsp; She tells me what to do, so I don't have the option of slacking.&nbsp; </DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>She also has me send a food log, which so far has netted an "eat more overall, more veggies, more protein.&nbsp; less pasta and cake."&nbsp; Eating more during the day has diminished the feeling of "OMG must eat cake now or die" that I used to get around 3 every afternoon.&nbsp; </DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>I've been toying with the idea of restarting this blog and weighing myself once a month, just to see.&nbsp; No judgment, just observation.&nbsp; Ashley's return to the land of the bloggers has given me the push that I needed.&nbsp; So hi everyone, I'm back!&nbsp; I'm planning to post my food and training log and race reports here, maybe also some recipes as I figure out how to fit in all these vegetables and things into my diet.&nbsp; We'll see how it goes.</DIV></DIV> <a href="http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/415965/coming-back-for-a-minute">Comments(2)</a> 415965 Saturday, December 6, 2008 00:05:00 New blog http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/376517/new-blog <div style="margin-top: 5px;"><p>Well, I'm outta here.&nbsp; I know I haven't been around in a while but I do think of my ExP buddies often, so if any of you want to join me on Blogger, my new blog is called "Why Not?" and it's at <a href="http://legallyblondeez.blogspot.com/">http://legallyblondeez.blogspot.com/</a></p><p>This blog has been awesome, but since my main focus is definitely not dieting these days, I needed a more general forum.&nbsp; Or maybe I just got bored with dieting, though certainly not with you all.</p><p>Love,</p><p>Sara<br></p><div></div></div> <a href="http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/376517/new-blog">Comments(0)</a> 376517 Thursday, November 1, 2007 22:02:03 aw, crud http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/335740/aw-crud <p>So maybe I ate a little ice cream this weekend.&nbsp; It was really hot.&nbsp; There's still no call for me to be up four pounds from a week ago!&nbsp; I really hate it when the scale does not reflect my efforts.&nbsp;</p> <p>I am 3 for 3 on exercise this week--yoga Monday, bike 14 miles yesterday, elliptical 3 miles today.&nbsp; The power was out at yoga on Monday and I think I wasn't careful enough not to overstretch in the warm studio.&nbsp; About 10 minutes into my run on the treadmill today my legs started cramping and no amount of stretching was helping.&nbsp; For some reason the elliptical felt better, so for now I'm saying any cardio is good cardio.&nbsp;</p> <p>I want to keep running outdoors--on the one hand it's tough on me, on the other it's more interesting than the gym and it's toughening up my feet for the next triathlon.&nbsp; But the fires around here mean we're being advised not to exercise outdoors, so I'll stay in for now.&nbsp;</p> <p>I didn't get around to making lunch today so I had 2 slices of pizza at work, but then had yogurt and fruit for dinner.&nbsp; Overall not too bad, and I've been really good all week.&nbsp; I'm blaming the 4 pounds on ToM.&nbsp; Time will tell if I'm right, and hopefully the weight will take its leave soon either way.</p> <a href="http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/335740/aw-crud">Comments(1)</a> 335740 Wednesday, December 5, 2007 22:06:01 I am a Triathlete! http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/333996/i-am-a-triathlete <p>Too long gone from here, I know.&nbsp; Things are still unsettled professionally and personally, as we will probably be moving again to a smaller place (roommate can't afford the rent anymore and we can't without his contribution) and I've been unhappy at work.&nbsp; I am hoping it's just a slump, but it's been a long slump.&nbsp;</p> <p>The good news is I did my sprint triathlon on Saturday!&nbsp; I finished in just under 100 minutes, alternating walking and jogging for the run portion.&nbsp; I hadn't trained as much as I wanted, but I did it and had a lot of fun.&nbsp; I want to do another one, and DH is interested in doing one with me so I am looking into a coed sprint race later this summer.&nbsp; Times are below:</p> <p>Swim&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 00:13:38.0&nbsp;(400 M)<br /> T1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 00:04:39.2&nbsp; <br /> Bike&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 00:41:07.4&nbsp; (11 miles)<br /> T2&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 00:01:12.4&nbsp; <br /> Run&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 00:38:31.8&nbsp; (2.5 miles)<br /> <b>Finish&nbsp;&nbsp; 01:39:08.8</b>&nbsp;</p> <p>I'll update my weight later this week--I'm afraid it won't have changed much, or even went up.&nbsp; Cest la vie, I need to concentrate on getting my head straight so I have the energy to focus on eating better.</p> <a href="http://www.extrapounds.com/blog/blondeez/comments/333996/i-am-a-triathlete">Comments(3)</a> 333996 Wednesday, December 5, 2007 23:08:16